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Fire scene quiet

The Northwest Region fire scene is quiet. There were no new fire yesterday and there are only four active fires in total.

A light smoke haze in the region is drifting in from fires in western Canada.

Basaraba signs with ECHL Bears

Joe Basaraba’s continuing hockey travels will now take him to the Sunshine State.

The Fort Frances native signed on Tuesday with the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears for the upcoming season.

Basaraba, 23, split last season between the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones and the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage.

Gingrich to face board hearing

Devlin furniture company Gingrich Woodcraft Inc. is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Labour Board on Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

The company and Unifor met Monday in an attempt to negotiate instead of heading into a board hearing as scheduled.

But they could not come to a settlement and now will proceed to the hearing.

‘Open Streets’ deemed success

The “Open Streets” event held in Emo last Thursday has been deemed a success by organizers.

“I think for the first year it was quite successful,” enthused Allison Cox, rec director/community development co-ordinator for the Township of Emo.

“We were really happy with the turnout—there were tons of kids, which was great to see,” she noted.

Lakers land blueliner

The Fort Frances Lakers just got a much-needed infusion of defensive experience.

Head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan dealt for defenceman Dustin Deugau from the Cochrane Crunch (NOJHL) in exchange for a player development fee.

Deugau should be in town in time for the Lakers’ three-day training camp, which gets underway Thursday at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Lt. Gov. to visit town

Ontario Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell will be in Fort Frances this Wednesday (Aug. 26) as part of her tour of Northern Ontario.

The first stop on her itinerary will be a visit to the local tourist information centre at 9 a.m.

Accompanied by Deputy Mayor June Caul and town officials, Dowdeswell will receive an overview of the community and issues of local importance.

Lakers finalize series

The Fort Frances Lakers now have their entire pre-season schedule in place.

It was announced yesterday the squad will play their first of four SIJHL exhibition games Sept. 2 in Hoyt Lakes against the Minnesota Iron Rangers.

The two teams then will meet again Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Couchiching Arena.